• Software Development Manager

    Job Locations UK-London
    Posted Date 1 month ago(7/10/2018 6:48 AM)
    Risk & Compliance
    # of Openings
  • Company Outline


    Axco-Wilmington Logo - Final (2)With more than 50 years’ experience in researching and publishing industry intelligence on insurance and employee benefits information, Axco is the definitive information source for professionals in these markets around the world. Our unique business model and methods of research have enabled the development of an extensive suite of products comprising in-depth reports, focused profiles, Q&A databases, intelligent questioning tools, and email services. Our products are delivered to the largest and most well-known insurers, reinsurers, brokers and employee benefits specialists across the globe.


    Axco’s strength comes from our outstanding team of people, highly knowledgeable in our fields of expertise; longstanding relationships with industry professionals and trusted partnerships with our clients.


    We are a growing company with a commitment to innovation in a rapidly evolving industry and the drive to be the very best. With the help of dedicated and talented employees, our ambitions will be realized. Axco is part of Wilmington plc's Risk & Compliance Division. 


    Role:  Software Development Manager

    Location:  London


    At Wilmington Plc we know how critical our employees are to us achieving success, so we make sure we recruit great people to help us to maintain the trust of our customers and develop new, innovative products.  This is a place where you can truly progress. A place where you can be heard.


    At Wilmington Plc, combining know-how with a great attitude will give you the opportunity to succeed. We are able to offer challenging career development opportunities and as such we are now looking for an experienced Software Development Manager to work within our UK based IT Team.

    Main Purpose of Role

    We are seeking an experienced Software Development Manager to lead a technically strong team of software developers who are committed to working with the latest .Net and Web UI technologies within an Agile framework.


    We're looking for a self starter, with a client centric outlook who enjoys working in a busy team.  You'll need to be pretty organised and detail orientated in this job role as there is a lot to do and its a everchanging environment so there is always plenty to learn!  A process and documentation orientated but pragmatic in approach will be needed as will a high level of professionalism and willingness to demonstrate flexibility.


    It would be helput if you've had exposure to the international insurance industry but thats not a deal breaker!


    The focus of this job role is to develop world class new products and services for the insurance industry whilst still supporting, and migrating away from, significant legacy systems. In this role you will be responsible for the performance of the software development team, maintaining high morale and managing day to day operations.


    As the team manager you will also be responsible for driving innovative solutions to meet our evolving client needs.


    Some of the key areas of responsibility can be seen below but as you would expect, this is by no way an exhaustive list:

    • Contribution and accountability for the technical solution of the full tech stack from design through to code and working with your development team and colleagues to plan, design, develop, test and maintain all applications.
    • Interacting with clients around technical requirements and implementation plan and managing relationships with offshore resource partners and hosting partners to ensure the plans are delivered.
    • Working closely with the Client Solutions team (product owners) to understand, and collaborate on, development requirements/priorities.
    • Continuing to improve modern agile software development methodologies and managing and improving software development standards and processes for the delivery of scalable and high-quality software.
    • Supervising architecture and developing technical roadmaps for all products and services.
    • Analysing and resolving technical and application problems.
    • Participating and overseeing peer-reviews of solution designs and related code.
    • Developing, refining and tuning integrations between applications and packaging and supporting deployment of releases.
    • Providing regular and effective progress updates to ensure the management of any delivery risks or issues.
    • Guiding, coaching and mentoring the team (both onshore and offshore).

    Skills and Experience Required

    This role is available for local candidates already authorised to work in the role’s country only. Wilmington Plc will not provide relocation or sponsorship for this role.

    • Sufficient experience in technical leadership position
    • Extensive experience developing enterprise-grade software (.NET, SQL Server)
    • Extensive experience with Agile/Scrum development methodology
    • Experience with debugging, performance profiling and optimization
    • Experience with source control management systems (Git) and continuous integration/deployment environments
    • Comprehensive understanding of object-oriented and service-oriented application development techniques and theories
    • Proficiency in hardware network and server issues – ability to understand, report issues and propose appropriate solutions.
    • High level knowledge of databases and software architecture (preferably experience of .Net and software frameworks as well as familiarity and implementation of best practice).
    • Able to influence and drive projects to meet key milestones and overcome challenges
    • Internally motivated, able to work proficiently both independently and in a team environment
    • Strong and clear communication skills with both internal team members, colleagues and clients
    • Experience in formal personal development planning and individual, team and process performance management
    • Experience with managing offshore and/or blended team structures.
    • Strong initiative to find ways to improve solutions, systems and processes

    The following are other technologies and skills we use within Axco Software Development. Whilst these are not fundamental requirements, the successful candidate will need to demonstrate evidence of knowledge and experience in many of these areas; 


    nHibernate or another ORM (Object Relational Mapping), NService Bus, AJAX, TeamCity, Octopus or other Continuous Integration tools, Angular JS, GIT or any other Source Control tools such as SVN or TFS, Test Automation and Load Testing, Federated Security and SSO approaches.


    We are a small, extremely busy team so we are looking for a Software Development Manager who will be able to thrive within this exciting yet challenging environment.


    Come join us!

    At Wilmington Plc, we know how hard our employees work and the contributions they make to our business. As such we offer attractive packages that not only include some fantastic benefits such as performance related bonus, contributory pension scheme with life assurance, private healthcare, 25 days' annual holiday but also a flexible benefits scheme that allows you to tailor your choices to suit your needs (holiday purchase, gym membership, cycle to work and dining cards).


    We offer variety, development and an opportunity to be part of a committed group of colleagues. We operate an open environment where you’ll be encouraged to make an impact. At Wilmington, our collaborative approach means your great ideas will be welcomed and your great work recognised. 


    The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this role. Statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required for this position.


    Wilmington plc is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, pregnancy, genetic information, citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected by law.




    We are focused on ensuring that Wilmington remains a great place to work. We value our people and we continue to invest in their career development. We encourage learning, and career opportunities are possible across all Wilmington companies

    “We are committed to equality, equality of opportunity and valuing diversity”





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